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®
PCE-N15
Wireless Local Area Network Card
(For 802.11 g/b/n Wireless Networks)
User Manual
E6557 / April 2011

Summary of Contents

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    ® PCE-N15 Wireless Local Area Network Card (For 802.11 g/b/n Wireless Networks) User Manual E6557 / April 2011...

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    Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.

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    Web site address: http://usa.asus.com Technical support General support: +1-502-995-0883 Support (fax): +1-502-933-8713 Online support: http://vip.asus.com/eservice/techserv.aspx ASUS Computer GmbH (Germany & Austria) Company address: Harkortstr. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Deutschland General (tel): +49-1805-010-923 General (fax): +49-02102-959911 Web site address: http://www.asus.de Online contact: http://www.asus.de/sales...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    1.1 Package contents ................8 1.2 System requirements ................8 1.3 Hardware ..................8 2. Installing the PCE-N15 driver and utilities .........9 3. Configuring PCE-N15 using ASUS utility ........10 3.1 Connecting to a wireless network manually ........10 3.2 Connecting to a wireless network using WPS ........ 11 ®...

  • Page 5: Notices, Federal Communications Commission, Prohibition Of Co-location, Fcc Radiation Exposure Statement

    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Notices Federal Communications Commission This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

  • Page 6: Ce Mark Warning, Dgt Warning Statement, Ic Warning Statement

    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual CE Mark Warning This is a Class B product, in a domestic environment, this product may cause radio interference, in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures. Operation Channels: Ch1~11 for N. America, Ch1~14 Japan, Ch1~ 13 Europe...

  • Page 7: Ic Radiation Exposure Statement, Asus Recycling/takeback Services, Reach

    ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards for protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components as well as the packaging materials.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual ASUSTek COMPUTER INC. No. 150, LI-TE RD., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN R.O.C. TAIWAN ASUS COMPUTER GmbH HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN GERMANY EN 55022:2006+A1:2007 EN 55024:1998+A1:2001+A2:2003 EN 61000-3-2:2006 EN 61000-3-3:2008 EN 55013:2001+A1:2003+A2:2006 EN 55020:2007 EN 300 328 V1.7.1(2006-05) EN 301 489-1 V1.8.1(2008-04)

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a) hereby declares that the product Conforms to the following specifications: FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Unintentional Radiators FCC Part 15, Subpart C, Intentional Radiators FCC Part 15, Subpart E, Intentional Radiators This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Tel: +886-2-2894-3447 Address: No. 150, LI-DE RD., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN Authorised representative ASUS Computer GmbH in Europe: Address: HARKORT STR. 21-23, D-40880 RATINGEN, DEUTSCHLAND Authorised distributors BOGAZICI BIL GISAYAR SAN. VE TIC. A.S.

  • Page 11: Introduction, Package Contents, System Requirements, Hardware

    • Low profile bracket x1 • Warranty card x1 NOTE: If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer immediately. System requirements Before using the PCE-N15 WLAN Card, check if your system meets the following requirements: ® • Windows Vista/XP/7 •...

  • Page 12: Installing The Pce-n15 Driver And Utilities

    IMPORTANT: Install the ASUS PCE-N15 WLAN Card into your computer before installing the driver and utilities from the bundled Support CD. To install the driver and utilities for your ASUS PCE-N15 WLAN Card: 1. Place the bundled Support CD into the optical drive. An Autorun screen appears if the Autorun function is enabled on your computer.

  • Page 13: Configuring Pce-n15 Using Asus Utility, Connecting To A Wireless Network Manually

    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual 3. Configuring PCE-N15 using ASUS utility Connecting to a wireless network manually To connect PCE-N15 to a station (Ad Hoc mode) manually: 2. You may click Survey > Search to 1. Right-click the ASUS WLAN Card search for the wireless networks.

  • Page 14: Connecting To A Wireless Network Using Wps

    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Connecting to a wireless network using WPS The ASUS PCE-N15 WLAN Card supports the WPS function that helps you set up a secure wireless network easily. IMPORTANT: Ensure that the AP or station you are trying to connect to supports the WPS function.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual To connect PCE-N15 to a WPS-enabled AP or station using the PIN code: 1. Select Use PIN code. 2. Key in 8 digital PIN code from network(AP)'s web user interface, click Next. 3. Click Finish. The picture indicates that your WLAN card has connected to the network successfully.

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    ® Soft AP mode (Windows XP/Vista/7) The ASUS PCE-N15 WLAN Card supports the Soft AP mode. In this mode, the WLAN card acts as a virtual AP. IMPORTANT: Before configuring the Soft AP mode, connect your computer to a wired network to provide network access for your wireless clients.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual In the Soft AP mode, you can limit the wireless clients that associate with the WLAN card through the access control function. Click Configuration > Edit Config > ACL. To disable the access control function, select Disable from the Access Control Policy dropdown list.

  • Page 18: Software Information, Asus Wlan Control Center, Asus Wlan Card Setting Utility

    ASUS Wireless Access Point Utility (Soft AP mode) which help you manage your WLAN card easily. ASUS WLAN Card Setting Utility ASUS WLAN Card Setting Utility provides you with an easy interface to set up wireless connections. This section explains the buttons, fields, and configuration options on the user interface.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Left-click the ASUS WLAN Card Setting Utility system tray icon to display the following options: • Wireless Radio On - Turns the wireless radio ON. • Wireless Radio Off - Turns the wireless radio OFF.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Configuration - Basic Network Type Infrastructure - Select the Infrastructure mode to establish a connection with an Ad Hoc - Select the Ad Hoc mode to communicate with a station. An Ad Hoc network is formed quickly and easily without pre-planning.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Configuration - Encryption The Encryption page allows you to set up the encryption settings for your WLAN card. For data confidentiality in a wireless environment, IEEE 802.11 specifies a Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) algorithm to offer transmission privacy similar to wired network.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Wireless Network Key (WEP) - This option becomes configurable when you select WEP in the Data encryption field. 64-bit WEP key uses 5 ASCII characters (10 hexadecimal digits). 128-bit WEP key uses 13 ASCII (26 hexadecimal digits).

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual 5. Configuring PCE-N15 using Windows ® service ® To connect your PCE-N15 to a wireless network using Windows WZC service: 1. Left-click the ASUS WLAN Control Center system tray icon, then click Exit. ASUS WLAN Control Center will be switched off.

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    6. Troubleshooting This chapter provides solutions to problems which you may encounter when installing or using the ASUS PCE-N15 WLAN card. Contact a qualified service technician for assistance if the problem still exists after you have performed the troubleshooting solutions.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual The TCP/IP protocol does not bind to the WLAN Card. This occurs when your PC already has six TCP/IP bindings in Windows 98 or ten ® bindings in Windows Me. These limits are imposed by the Microsoft operating ®...

  • Page 26: Glossary

    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual 7. Glossary Access Point (AP) A networking device that seamlessly connects wired and wireless networks. Access Points combined with a distributed system support the creation of multiple radio cells that enable roaming throughout a facility.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual COFDM (for 802.11a or 802.11g) Signal power alone is not enough to maintain 802.11b-like distances in an 802.11a/g environment. To compensate, a new physical-layer encoding technology was designed that departs from the traditional direct-sequence technology being deployed today.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual DNS Server Address (Domain Name System) DNS allows Internet host computers to have a domain name and one or more IP addresses. A DNS server keeps a database of host computers and their respective domain names and IP addresses, so that when a user enters a domain name into the Internet browser, the user is sent to the proper IP address.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Encryption This provides wireless data transmissions with a level of security. This option allows you to specify a 64-bit or a 128-bit WEP key. A 64-bit encryption contains 10 hexadecimal digits or 5 ASCII characters. A 128-bit encryption contains 26 hexadecimal digits or 13 ASCII characters.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual ICS is used to share one computer’s Internet connection with the rest of the computers on your network. When this computer is connected to the Internet, all the communications to and from the Internet on your network are sent through this computer which is called the host computer.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual The 802.11a standard gains some of its performance from the higher frequencies at which it operates. The laws of information theory tie frequency, radiated power and distance together in an inverse relationship. Thus, moving up to the 5GHz spectrum from 2.4GHz will lead to shorter distances, given the same radiated...

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual IP (Internet Protocol) The TCP/IP standard protocol that defines the IP datagram as the unit of information passed across an Internet and provides the basis for connectionless packet delivery service. IP includes the ICMP control and error message protocol as an integral part.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual NIC (Network Interface Card) A network adapter inserted into a computer so that the computer can be connected to a network. It is responsible for converting data from stored in the computer to the form transmitted or received.

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual Radio Frequency (RF) Terms: GHz, MHz, Hz The international unit for measuring frequency is Hertz (Hz), equivalent to the older unit of cycles per second. One megahertz (MHz) is one million Hertz. One gigahertz (GHz) is one billion Hertz. The standard US electrical power frequency is 60Hz, the AM broadcast radio frequency band is 0.55-1.6MHz, the FM broadcast...

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    PCE-N15 WLAN Card User Manual WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is an improved security system for 802.11. It is part of the 802.11i draft security standard. WPA encompasses TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) along with MIC (Message Integrity Check) and other fixes to WEP such as Weak IV (Initialization Vector) filtering and Random IV generation.

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